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Huawei founder reflects on career

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei held a rare interview session with local media in France last week, where he opened an R&D center in Paris and met two French ministers, according toLes Echos.

In the charm offensive, Ren discussed why he started the company and reiterated the company’s stand to exit the U.S. networking market.

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Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei. (credit: Huawei)

The CEO admited he was pretty naive when entering the telecoms industry without realizing how tough and fast paced it was, and ponders about a slower and perhaps more meaningful alternative career as a pig farmer, according to the interview transcript by NetEase.

Ren also downplayed security concerns involving Huawei, and also acknowledged the company was not yet in a position to match global leader Cisco Systems in the networking space. Incidentally, Huawei was subject to a legal challenge from Cisco in 2003 over stolen source code.

A highlight from the translated interview regarding security:

Have concerns over Huawei subsided after the NSA leaks over PRISM?

“We are not concerned about the PRISM incident. This is a problem of information security, which is an Internet company’s problem. Our business is in the ‘pipes’, which transfer the information, and even then we only make the metal casing of the ‘pipe’. So drawing an analogy, when your water supply gets contaminated, you should look for the utilities company and not the pipe maker.”

 

Read the original article at http://www.zdnet.com/huawei-founder-reflects-on-career-philosophizes-about-pig-farming-7000023861/

 

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